Plus Size Fashion And Dressing Tips; How To Look Your Best!

Are you a plus size beauty that has a hard time with fashion? Here are some tips I want to post, with a thanks to MSN and Shannon McCarthy, for those who find fashion “Not so easy” as some of the rest of us…This post is for you 😀

  • Dresses & Skirts

    The best way to compliment your curves is by revealing, not concealing. While overly tight isn’t right, neither is hiding your classically feminine form under oversized, shapeless garments. Anything that skims and drapes is going to be scads more complimentary than clothing that camouflages absolutely everything. Try showing off your bodacious beauty in this year’s collection of dresses and skirts. These are quintessentially female garments that truly look best on quintessentially female bodies. The most on-trend offerings are also easy to wear — fine-gauge knit wrap dresses cinch in and drape out to create bewitching hourglass silhouettes, gossamer halters veer into the traffic-stopping category, and those ethereal empire cuts are the perfect way to float comfortably through summer. (If you prefer more coverage you’re in luck — maxi dresses just happen to be the hippest style going.) You’ll want a few sweet skirts in your repertoire as well. A-line’s will be the most flattering, and a three-quarter length is year-round perfect. The best skirt colors are either solid neutrals or brights. Top these with blouses of similar hues for an unbroken, and gracefully elongating, color line.

  • Pants & Jeans

    I think designers and merchants are beginning to get the message. The average American woman is a size 14, but that’s all that’s average about her. She has increased buying power and her taste and fashion savvy is just as sophisticated as any of her smaller-sized sisters. As evidence of this overdue attention, witness the improvements in women’s-sized slacks and denim. There’s less reliance on the unflattering elastic waist and more emphasis on quality construction and careful tailoring. Lightweight capris in denim or cool cotton-blends, classic flat-front black trousers (pocket-free are best), and swingy chic pairs of wide-leg palazzo pants will do the trick. (As will a cute pair of leggings under shirtdress that hits mid-thigh.) Try on some instant sex appeal with the new breed of jeans that cater to curves — look for elements like darker rinses, boot-cut legs, higher rises in the back (they eliminate waistband gap when hips are wider than waists), angled back pockets and even special front panels that smooth out the tummy area. Hint — the best fabrication for all pants is a blend that includes just a bit of stretch.

  • Shirts & Tops

    The good news? The skin-baring, shrunken-shirt craze has gone belly up. The bad news? There is none. The leading trends in tops are surprisingly figure- friendly and refreshingly easy to wear. Tunic are genius — most are designed to flow lightly over the body, and many have a bit of bust detail or nipping in at the waist for extra curve appeal. (Wear these long over a short or skinny bottom layer — cropped pants, soft leggings or slim skirt.) Tanks are more casual and relaxed, but you can easily score an upscale version sweet with embroidery or shaded a lustrous new soft pastel. And of course the shapes that work so well in plus-size dresses are going to look smashing in blouse form — halters and wraps are devastatingly effective when worn on fuller figures. That said, if you’re looking to slim and elongate your bod, nothing is better than a v-neckline. (To broaden narrow shoulders try a boatneck.) Stick to breathable, soft fabrics like jersey knit, cotton/poly blends, microfiber, silk georgette and crepe. If you need an extra layer, don a cute jean jacket.

  • Career Wear

    Dressing for success shouldn’t be complicated. Start with that corporate classic — the white shirt. There are endless variations on this theme, so you’re sure to find one that suits you, and your workplace. Avoid getting too buttoned-down with this style. Leaving it open a modest bit will help de-emphasize your bustline and avoid the dreaded “button-gap.” A finely-tailored suit jacket is worth the investment as well. Keep an eye out for narrow lapels, a one-button waist closure and year-round fabrics like rayon blends and light tweeds. Black is thought of as the most slenderizing shade, but white is refreshing, on-trend and can look fantastic on a structured silhouette. (Avoid anything shapeless or “boxy” and you’re on the right track — look for a bit of nipping in at the waist.) Lightweight, flowing skirts aren’t likely encouraged in most offices, but many sleek and sober varieties actually refine your form. If you don’t like tapered pencil shapes, try the subtle flounce of a tulip skirt. Mid-hip or longer jackets matched with knee-length skirts provide proportional flattery. Tip — avoid anything decorative and embellished. Clean-lined and unadorned are always more professionally attractive.

  • Active Wear

    There’s a cliché that plus-sized women aren’t active women, but that’s just another annoying bit of ignorance. Many gals who wear higher size numbers are actually very athletic and in much better shape than other smaller-framed femmes. And the taller you are the more likely your height alone will cause you to seek out double-digit apparel. Let’s also not forget that many of us at one time or another consider whittling down that dress size or firming up what we have, so we’d like something supportive, comfortable and, heaven forbid, attractive to work out in. To begin, steer clear of overly tight tops or bottoms. Of course your sport bra should be properly supportive (a built-in underwire helps), but it shouldn’t constrict, and like all good active wear it should wick away moisture and be made of breathable material. Tees, leggings and bike shorts will all do yeoman service, but for pure comfort and style you may want to opt for yoga outfits — they’re frequently cut a bit loose, with beautifully proportioned pants that widen at the bottom, and racerback Tanks in soft cotton blends.- written by Shannon McCarthy

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I am trying to post fashion and style tips now that the holidays are over. I do have some Travel posts lined up so I will be posting those soon too.

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